Assemblyman Andy Goodell meets with area students to discuss their efforts in fighting against underage drinking. Back Row (left to right):Asako Nakamoto of Southwestern Central School, Jeana Helman of Forestville Central School, Sydney Aldrich of Fredonia Central School, Julia Rater of Sherman Central School, Courtney Russo of Washington Middle School, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, Madison Russo of Bemus Point Central School; Front Row (left to right): Mariana Waite of Cassadaga Valley Central School, Ana Pavlock of Bemus Point Central School, Daisy Ferguson of Clymer Central School.
“Alcohol use by our young people is a complex problem, one that can only be solved through a sustained and cooperative effort,” he said. “If we care about the health and well-being of our children, we need to do everything we can to prevent anyone under the age of 21 from drinking alcohol. It is especially encouraging to see great young people, like these students, who are willing to stand up and say this is a problem and we need to do something about it.”
Finalists unable to attend were Meghan Nolan of Bemus Point Central School, Jack Carlson of Fredonia Central School and Branda Burick of Sherman Central School.
The posters will now go on display on the walls of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The student posters also will be featured on more than 20,000 bookmarks that will be distributed by CASAC to schools, libraries and youth organizations in the county to announce the 2013 contest.
Since 1974, the United Way agency CASAC has provided prevention and intervention services for problems related to alcohol and other drugs to the residents of Chautauqua County. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services approved and supported prevention agency in the county.